Caramelized Apples

I’ve never met a cruiser who doesn’t count apples as a primary food group.  Thrown in a produce hammock they last endlessly, fending off scurvy just as well as they did rumbling around in barrels on galleons.  I have recipes in every category using apples — breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizer, main, side, dessert…even mocktail.  For…

Belgian Mussels

This is the first of what hopefully will be many Galley Pirates’ recipes for steamed mussels. There are as many ways of preparing mussels as there are people who love them. And no surprise. Mussels are found around the world and are the cheapest by comparison to other bivalves like clams or oysters. They’re sold…

Drowned Eggs (Huevos Ahogados)

There’s nothing better than friends that bring fresh, local food to your boat. Roger and Ruth carted 18 blue Bantam Chicken eggs from their backyard in Iowa to this very appreciative Galley Pirate. These were the same folks that Fed Ex’d eggs for Those Little Devils. The eggs were the perfect size for poaching. Nice…

Pirate’s Peach Cobbler

It’s peach season in Chesapeake Bay territory. Fresh peaches on roadside stands and farmer’s markets everywhere. Friends of ours were passing through Pennsylvania and picked some up on the way. Perfect excuse for a Galley Pirates treat, I’d say. Off for a Sunday afternoon sail…

Blackened Red Snapper Tacos

When someone offers you fresh caught Florida Red Snapper, you NEVER turn it down. A friend of mine’s daughter, Katie, and her fiancée caught “more than they could eat” 3 miles from the Destin Pass on the Florida panhandle. The snappers ranged from 6-10 pounds, the largest being 12 lbs! They were in about 70…

Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are one of my favorite fallback recipes because they’re not even really a recipe…they are “assembly instructions.”  Your ingredients are bell peppers, ground meat, prepared grain, aromatics and seasonings, and cheese…within each of those categories, you have an enormous range of choices, making this one of those “Lord have mercy what do I…

Super Easy Beer Bread

So I was troubled as I sat down to type up this post…this bread is so BLAH looking, the ingredients are beige, you add beige beer, the batter is beige, it bakes up into a couple beige loaves that you slice and smear with something blandly colored like cream cheese, butter, molasses…beige.  Then I realized…you…

Italian Meatloaf Sandwiches

Meatloaf is a great make-ahead meal for a long cruise. It’s so easy to prepare and freezes well. And the meatloaf itself is filling and nourishing, whether you eat it plain or in a sandwich, hot or cold. This Italian Meatloaf was made and frozen the week before our cruise from Fernandina Beach to Charleston.…

Pork Carnitas Chimichangas

PREPARE BEFORE DEPARTURE: This is a great one-hand-grab-n-go meal that can be made ahead of your cruise…refrigerate or freeze and save for your adventure. The “adventure” this meal was intended for unfortunately consisted of being hunkered down in a cabin, listening to NOAA weather. For 4 days. Been there?